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5 Ways to Break Through Writer’s Block


I don’t believe in writer’s block

jodi picoult

We all have days when we don’t feel like doing things… getting dressed, brushing our teeth, going to work, writing our book…

The funny thing about writers is that we turn that feeling into something much more deadly. We give it a title and make it a ‘thing’: writer’s block.

Here’s 5 things to do to break out of that writer’s block feeling. To be honest, the first one is the best. I’ll tell you that now… just don’t believe in it. Just make a decision that writer’s block doesn’t exist.

It’s the most powerful thing you can do to get past it.

I hate writing reports for work, don’t you? They’re just so dull, and boring, and a list of things that are already done and dusted. There’s one meeting in particular that I just can’t get the thing in on time for. I’m always emailing late with my apologies. I just hate writing it and it takes a huge amount of energy to get it done.

But you know what? It always gets done. It has to. It’s a mandatory requirement of my job.

So, it turns out I can get the words down on paper, even when I don’t ‘feel’ like it.

It’s the same for you and your book. No matter how excited you are at the start, some days you’re just not going to feel like it.

Here’s my top 5 ways of dealing with writer’s block for good.

  1. Stop believing in writer’s block. Stop believing it’s something that has any power over you.
  2. Write rubbish. Just write. Don’t care about the quality, you can always delete or edit later. At this stage, you just need to get the words flowing again.
  3. Do a writing exercise. Google writing exercises and pick one that interests you.
  4. Commit to write X number of words – 200, 300, 500, 1000 – and don’t let yourself get up until it’s done.
  5. Jump to a different chapter of your book and write that instead. You can always return to your current chapter when you’re feeling inspired and back in the flow.

Ultimately, you overcome writer’s block by writing.

Every professional writer will tell you that learning to write when you don’t feel inspired is essential. The sooner you master it the better.

You’ve got this.

It’s time to write your book.

PS. Love Pinterest? Choose a pin for your writing board…